Wallem urges crews to ‘call home’

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Hong Kong-based Wallem Group has become the latest third party ship manager to install Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW) GSM communication capability across its managed fleet.

For the first time, all crew onboard Wallem-managed vessels will be able to call or text their friends and family from the privacy of their own cabins. The seafarers will also be able to receive phone calls and text messages. All crew members will receive SIM cards to place in their existing personal mobile telephones.

Blue Ocean Wireless CEO, Robert Johnson Ipictured), said: “We are delighted to welcome a company of the calibre of Wallem to BOW’s growing customer base. The speed at which our customers are installing the BOW solution is a testament to BOW’s unique service offering and demonstrates the reputation we are establishing in the market for delivering real value for ship officers and crew.”

Jim Nelson, Wallem Shipmanagement Managing Director, said the service would be a welcome Christmas present for many of the fleet’s 6,000 seafarers.

“Blue Ocean has committed to installing the technology to about a quarter of our managed fleet by 25 December 2008. Our crews are an important asset to Wallem, and we are always looking for new services we can provide to improve life onboard,” said Mr Nelson

Wallem Shipmanagement’s Fleet Personnel Director, John Wood, said the new services are another way Wallem seafarers can stay in touch with family and friends. He said: “We already offer free email accounts and text messaging for all our crew members. The opportunity to call home in a more private environment is a welcome addition to the services we offer to bring the seafarers closer to home and their loved ones,” Mr Wood said.